Pan-Seared Tilapia

Pan-Seared Tilapia
Pan-Seared Tilapia

Pan-seared tilapia brings out the rich and savory flavors of this versatile fish. In this cooking method, tilapia fillets are seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices, then carefully seared in a hot pan with a touch of oil to achieve a golden-brown crust. The high heat ensures that the outer layer becomes crispy while maintaining the fish’s tender and flaky interior. The result is a dish that is not only visually appealing but also boasts a delightful contrast in textures. Pan-searing tilapia allows for endless creativity, as the choice of herbs and seasonings can vary widely, ranging from zesty lemon and garlic to aromatic Mediterranean blends. This technique offers a quick and simple way to elevate tilapia to a gourmet experience, making it a go-to option for those seeking a delicious seafood dish.


  • 4 (4 ounce) tilapia fillets
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, or to taste (Optional)
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or to taste (Optional)

Directions for Pan-Seared Tilapia

  1. Rinse and dry (with paper towels) the fish fillets
  2. Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper
  3. Coat each fillet in a thin layer of flour
  4. Coat bottom of pan with olive oil and set on medium-high heat
  5. Cook each fillet until they flake easily (roughly 4 minutes per side)
  6. Brush melted butter on the fillets
  7. Slice lemons and squeeze onto each fillet
  8. Add Thyme and Parsley to dish and serve

Please read our main article on Tilapia Fish Recipes. There you will find other ways to cook this healthy and delicious fish.